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The High Priestess For Scorpio Season

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"venus in scorpio" It’s magical to go on Google and look at all the different images of the Tarot.

Just now I was posting on my Tumblr  pictures of the High Priestess and my understanding of her began to deepen. It’s not that different from digging in the Tarot books, uncovering layers of meaning from different writers. I’ve got an Angeles Arrien on my lap this morning and I quoted this:

The camel within the oasis symbolizes the return to the inner oasis or garden within. The camel also represents self-resourcefulness in its capacity to go long barren distances, yet always find the oasis.

And then I started scrolling — so many High Priestesses, even among the Coleman tradition. I began to see her blue lushness, no longer a flat, two-dimensional image. She opened to me and showed me her half moon and her crystal and her chair. Do we ever see a High Priestess not sitting down?

I keep scrolling and see more and more creative interpretations of this card — but often the lone female visionary (or with animal companion) staring straight at us, keeper of secret knowledge and the suggestion to “trust your intuition.” The night is also her companion. The moon. She shows us her many pomegranates. I remember once reading a discussion of whether the pomegranate was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Or maybe I learned it in Mishnah class, years ago, ah…

When you see the High Priestess, when you pull this card, you are in passive mode, receptivity — it’s not the time to “go for it.” Instead, sit back and wait for the information to come. Or that that is HOW you go for it. By sitting still.

She’s on my mind this morning because I asked the Tarot a question and she was my first advice card, the first of three — the second one was The Fool, which definitely feels like an opposing pair to me! The Fool is off on an adventure and the Priestess is… here, inside us.

I will take her advice though. I will go the long (sigh) barren (sigh again) distance and, God willing, find my oasis.

I wish I could post all the images here of all the women, the face of feminine power, of which there are many.

The High Priestess does not doubt herself or her magic. She is not ashamed even when others (friends? family?) disparage or poke fun at her books or rituals, beliefs, interests, power, knowledge. She’s above all that. What time has she for pettiness or jealousy? None.

Power is one of THE Scorpio Season themes. Mastery of your power. Keeping yours, not giving it away to others who’d like to spin you like a top (which isn’t even personal! It’s just their habit). My astrology teacher used to make a distinction between self-control and self-mastery. Self-control feeling like… eyes shut tight, braced against the storm whereas in self-mastery your eyes are open. Her eyes are open.

If she looks/feels a little stiff to you in the Rider Waite deck, then please explore. You don’t even need to buy other decks. Stroll through Google, surround yourself with the master Tarot writers and she’ll open to you, one Saturday morning when you don’t know what’s next. I’ll quote Arrien again:

The High Priestess within one is working easily and effortlessly.

Is this you? 

Wishing you good cards xx

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Sun, New Moon, & Venus All In Scorpio! Of Course I Drew A Card :)

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"venus in scorpio" Well, the biggest news is happening right now (although you, dear reader, may be reading this post after the fact).
Sun, New Moon, and Venus — all in sexy secretive Scorpio at zero degrees. And the Solar Eclipse of course.

I’m drawing a card for you right now and hmm the Ace of Pentacles.
Perfect for intention setting! The Aces begin. They are potential, possibility. You have a choice when you see an Ace.
The opportunity is here for the new start and the Pentacles mean… it will be real. It can be real.

Not pie in the sky rushing around Wands :) or idea-man-Air. Or even deep feeling poetry writing Cups. The Pentacles may be a “slow” energy, earthy, but like Saturn (astrologically speaking), Pentacles portend something you can hold in your hands, something you can touch. A healthier body. More coins in your pocket.

We enter a lush delicious world when we enter this Ace, and that heavenly hand, emerging from a cloud, palm open, offering you… yellow, the color of saffron and lemons and sunflowers, the color of sunshine and caution. As I wrote above, Pentacles are slow energy. An oak doesn’t grow in a day! When we draw cards seeking timing, Pentacles let us know it will be later, not sooner.

In the Rider Waite version of the card, there is an entrance, a portal, and I wonder: what’s on the other side of that lattice? What if you walked through? Who would be there, waiting for you?  We see a little patch of yellow between the grass and I wonder what it is. Yellow stones? The Pentacle or sun’s reflection? A little bit of Dorothy yellow brick?

I want to believe it is Spirit smiling down at us, warm, loving, sharing his/her wealth. The wealth that is already in our hands.

You know, eclipses are portals too. I suggest using this card as an object of meditation tonight, tomorrow, whenever you see this post.

Think about where you are now and where you want to be. And then go through.

Wishing you good cards xx

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Tarot For The New Moon Eclipse In Scorpio

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"new moon eclipse in scorpio" Eclipses are nothing to fear. It would be akin to fearing your life. The Eclipses ARE your life, reflecting your life back to you. The Moon as mirror.

I type this and realize: okay sometimes I DO fear my life. What was, what is, what will be.

All of it. I fear therefore I am.

But this upcoming New Moon Solar Eclipse in the penetrating sign of Scorpio is nothing to fear. Instead, embrace its power. Keen insight. Self-protection. Strategy. Spiritual sexuality. Magic. Set an intention and then make a plan for yourself. I will head back to my dry-erase board for some brainstorming.

This Eclipse is infused with Goddess power. We see Sun, Moon, Venus, and asteroid Pallas Athena in alignment. Prepare a feast for this New Moon (October 23rd) and set a place for honored guests. You can choose special foods to represent Sun, Moon, Venus, Pallas and as you dine keep this in mind:

Sun:     you honor who you are, your purpose (even if mysterious to you)
Moon: you honor how you feel and what you need (even if others don’t approve)
Venus: you honor what you value and desire (you are unique)
Pallas: you honor your inner wisdom (and have the ability to turn dream into reality.)

You can draw a card for each, one for Sun, one for Moon, one for Venus, one for Pallas, and hmm how about one for your revealed intention (the one you state to the Universe) and one for you concealed intention (could be some confusion or self sabotage here). And then throw in one for:  this, absolutely THIS, you must pay attention to so that you can… live. Not just react, but live.  Not just slave away, but live. Not just hurt, but live. And by live I mean flourish. Bloom bloom bloom bloom bloom. Yes, October blooms.

I will draw just one card this morning. The Scorpio Secret to your New Moon:

The Knight of Cups! I like his pink and purple flowers and feelings. I like his helmet feather and goblet and golden armor. But I wonder to where he is gazing? Looks like at the cup itself. He is planning? He is brewing. He is surmising. He is sorcerizing. He is the Knight of Cups and he has feeling to offer you, sincerity to offer you, heart to offer you, a second chance to offer you. Or maybe it’s your third or fourth or fifth or trillionth. The Knight of Cups is on his way, the Knight of Cups is questing, the Knight of Cups loves a good purple mountain and brocade moment. He is psychic and sensitive and la la la.

Is this Knight you? 
Is this Knight in your life? Do you want him there? All flights of fancy and no practical Pentacles or truthy Air or hot passionate Wands?

So I drew one more and I am liking these cards. The Ace of Wands. Your fire is here. Finally. One may say that Knight’s water puts out the fire but I am feeling a progression of intent here. Start with feeling, start with the dream, and then pump blood right where you need it. Inject and invest your intent with life, the same life I was talking about above, blooming life. There is a flower at the tip top of the Wand.

These cards come bearing gifts. Will you accept? 

Wishing you good cards xx

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Bare Bones: Meditation on Sukkot and the Tarot Wands

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"Aliza Einhorn Sukkot" I think today is the last day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

I use an astrological calendar, not a Jewish one, and anything but a Jewish calendar usually gets this stuff wrong — because the J Holidays start in the evening. In either case, today is the last day of Sukkot, or tomorrow is, and I woke up thinking about Sukkot this morning. About the Sukkah.

Not because I miss having a Jewish community, one to my liking, which is indeed part of my weekly ennui, but this morning it was my Rented Apartment ennui. Woke up feeling like it’s Sukkot year-round for many of us. From rented space to rented space to rented space. I have clients like this — moving every year or every few years. Pack. Unpack. Settle in. Time to go.

On Sukkot, we build temporary structure, shelter, and we live there all week. Eating our meals inside it. The devout sleep there. As you can imagine, there are many many rules. And sure a Sukkah isn’t as strong as a turn-of-the-century three story building on Staten Island but maybe it is… if we go a bit deeper.

What makes you feel safe? What makes you feel secure? What makes your home feel like home? Is it the roof? The walls? The plastic fruit? ;) The people? The Sukkah is bare bones but not bare bones at all.

When I was a kid, my father used to put up the Sukkah out back, by the pool, in the right hand corner of the patio. We would hang up plastic fruit and our colorful kids’ drawings. Pretty typical probably for North Miami in the 1970s. Not artsy but not these super strong heavy duty plywood ones that I used to see in my old neighborhood.

"Aliza Einhorn Four of Wands" Looking at pictures of Sukkahs on-line, I felt a pang in me so sharp. Some of them so magical. This is a question that I don’t have an answer for yet: how to blend my creativity with my eclectic spirituality and desire for community.  Sure the Sukkahs I used to know were filled with people and food and bees, but they were utilitarian and symbolic — not these living breathing sheltering magnificent temporary palaces. Sometimes I feel so hungry for ritual and art that I can’t breathe.

Oh. The Moon’s in Cancer today. Moon in Cancer always feel vulnerable in its crab shell. The Moon will trine stable Saturn, make a quincunx to Mars in Sagittarius, and square the Sun and Mercury in Libra. It squared Venus in Libra this morning. Yeah, kinda tense. Not so cozy.

I suggest you do things to make yourself feel better, rather than moping in your ennui. I’ve been doing housework all week, dusting, de-cluttering, organizing, sweeping. Lots and lots of sweeping.

What does this have to do with the Tarot? I couldn’t help but see the lulav (date palm fronds that are an intrinsic part of the holiday) as emblem of the Wands suit, especially as depicted in the Palladini Tarot, my new favorite deck. We shake and wave and bless with the lulav in the four directions and up and down, as if nodding to God: yup, you’re in charge!

According to some Kabbalistic sources, the lulav represents the spine, your spine. Have you ever shaken a lulav? Remember how stiff and strong it is? You could hurt someone with that thing. Remember the sound of the shaking leaves? So you shook and you shook and oh good lord I want to quote John Donne right now and why the heck not. “The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil.”

The lulav is your strong place. The lulav is your strong spine. So when you see WANDS in your Tarot readings, even the harder Wands cards like the Seven and the Nine and the Ten, please know that you shook and you shook, from life, and you did not break. You are strong. Have you ever seen a broken Wand in a Tarot card? Nope. We see spilled cups. We see Swords on the ground. We see inert Pentacles. But Wands are fire. It never goes out.

Wishing you good cards xx

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Three Cards For Delicious October + More Ten Of Wands?

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"ten of wands tarot card meaning" It’s here. In my neck of the woods, it’s here. The better weather. The smell of fall. The rain is a cold rain. I light more candles around the house. I crave warm food and the smell of baking bread and apples and the noises outside automatically lower and descend. It’s as if everybody knows shhh there is a witch in the house ;)

And by “witch” I mean, the toys that I play with aren’t toys at all. Cards and charts and stones and colors and ideas. And yet I play. All is calm. And then there’s the cats. I have three cats. I like to sweep. Have I ever cast a spell? No I have not. I know nothing about spell casting. Yet. But this is how I’ve lived for as long as I can remember. With reverence. With ritual. The veil has always been thin between this world and the next for me. I remember a reader once telling me that my soul didn’t come down all the way.

Today I draw for you three cards for Halloween, for fall, for the upcoming New Moon Scorpio Eclipse. All three are for what you need to know for the rest of delicious October:

Jeez Louise, Tarot! You are challenging me. I am using a new deck so I feel new things when I gaze at these cards but oy vey!

Fascinating to me how different decks will reveal different tones. This Ten of Rods (from the Palladini deck) looks like a bouquet. The figure is hugging them. Not as a burden but as a cherishing.

And yet the figure is alone with her/his cherished burden under the starry nighttime sky.

She doesn’t want to let them go. They are old dreams, abandoned wishes, hopes and fears and yet I feel so much hope still in this card. She is carrying her burdens home, carrying her heavy weight home. Or somewhere. She will not let them fall. They are hers to carry.

The way she cradles them makes me remember something read in Rachel Pollack that we were discussing in the Tarot class. The difficult later numbers in the Wands suit and how that cannot be ALL that the Wands are about  i.e. the Seven of Wands dude is fighting. The Nine of Wands dude is tired from fighting. And then the 10 of Wands dude is still marching on. The Eight of Wands is more positive, symbolizing news traveling fast, movement, and the “arrows of love.”

But here you are, cradling, cherishing what is yours. For whatever reason you need it. When it’s time to let it go, you will.

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"new moon eclipse in scorpio" And then we see another gloomy card, the Five of Pentacles. We’ve going back in time again. This happened when I drew for someone earlier. We went from a Nine to an Eight to a Two. This time we’re going from a Ten (completion) to a Five — quite a leap to the halfway mark.

The Five of Pentacles is one of those stark cards but Tarot books are always quick to tell us that those sad figures could get help from within the church (or other safe place) and that they have each other, despite the gloom. The Five is unstable. Pentacles are money, earth, resources, even health.

Now this card may not predict a money loss but it certainly shows you’re worrying about it and/or you’re worrying about it together and/or money/finances/sharing/wealth/feeling you must go without has become such a burden… that that is the burden. Not the actual dollars. You both feel poor, struck down by fate. And the church windows, the church lights gleam above purely, prettily. If only. Or maybe they have just come from a hot meal and are heading home to their less than comfortable surroundings and petty arguments.

These two are protected. I am certain of that. The snowfall may cover the earth, but that church window houses the eyes of the Divine. He/She is there if only they would look up.

What you need to know so far:
-you’re almost done
-you may be carrying something that you can set down
-spirit is with you and hears you and you are not alone
-yes you have company on your journey but why not try doing something fun instead of moaning and groaning

and…

the Three of Rods is here. From the Ten to the Five to the Three. From fullness to halfway to… birth.

On the one hand, the ships are at a distance so you must wait. And wait. (Does he even see that ship to his left?)

On the other hand, the Three is complete in and of itself. Something has been created, been born, finished. DONE. You did it. If only you could relax now. Oh wait, you’ll get your merriment and reward in the Four of Wands!

(Truth is I would pull another card just to see but my deck is in the other room. I changed rooms because the noisy neighbors outside were harshing my writing buzz.)

Three of Wands guy may be melancholy but he’s not struggling like Ten of Wands. He’s not grasping like Ten of Wands. He’s not cold like Five of Pentacles. He’s not hooded and bent like Five of Pentacles. He’s standing straight up. He’s proud. Perfect posture by the light of the crescent moon. He’s accomplished. He’s sent words or ribbons or fruit or flowers or poems or spices or love or messages or arrows and many many ships and now this One Single Ship is… I’m not sure.

Is it coming? Is it going? He waits.

These are steps to freedom, from the Ten to the Five to the Three.  If only we could let go of that… fear. That Five of Pentacles refusal and fear. The journey wouldn’t feel so bad then.

October may bring you more questions than answers so… let’s ask the really juicy questions, my friends :)

What are yours? 

Wishing you good cards xx

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Mercury Retrograde Meets the Knight of Wands

posted by Aliza Einhorn
"Aliza Einhorn Knight of Wands"

(Source: Flickr)

Do you ever fall in love and not know why? I fell in love with Tarot. I am in love with Tarot. But I don’t think about it, you know? I just do it. Live it. And sometimes I wonder why or how. As a kid I wasn’t into the occult. I was into music and music magazines and later on in high school I was into poetry and I became a poet and playwright and…

I just bought another deck. I asked my husband if he thought I had a lot of decks. I counted them. Around 10. I was surprised it was that low. They don’t take up much space :) His response was a little different.

But I fell in love.

And then last night I was watching some Grey’s Anatomy (not sure yet how I feel about the new season) and starting perusing a website featuring different decks divided into categories and I discovered the oh so rich world of Erotic Tarot. Yes, friends, that was my Friday night.

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Mercury is currently retrograde. It entered Scorpio but backed into Libra. What do we do with Mercury retrograde? All the RE words, which you’ll read on damn near every astrology website. Redo. Review. Rewind. Reignite. Remember. REsearch. Reconsider. Renew. Recall. Rethink. The list is nearly endless and I love these RE words because I love to look back, being a Cancer Sun and all.

What you need to do now is find the Libra House in your chart. Do you know how to do this?

Libra rules partnership and marriage and beauty but also peace and justice. Fairness and balance.

To what, to whom, are you married? And how many Tarot decks do you have? 

;)

I pulled a card for what you need to review this retrograde season and I got the Knight of Wands. Haven’t seen him in a while. Time to review what you’re going after. All Knights are on a quest. Seeking to rescue, seeking to save. The Journeying. Knight of Wands is our adventure-Knight. I often see him in relocation spreads or when there’s a move on the horizon.

So that’s the question I have for you, a very simple question, ha! Where are you going? 

Wishing you good cards xx

Sweet Fruit In The Nut: Total Lunar Eclipse October 8th

posted by Aliza Einhorn
"full moon lunar eclipse in aries"

(Source: Wikipedia)

What you can do this Full Moon (Eclipse) is release the pain from inside the nut. Release it. Let it go. I wasn’t sure how far this metaphor could take me so I looked up “nut” on my Mac dictionary/thesaurus :)

Nut: a fruit consisting of a tough shell around an edible kernel. Your pain is the edible kernel. Your pain is not only edible, it’s delicious. Ah that’s the metaphor, that’s the key to the metaphor: that you keep eating this pain, eating and eating and eating it. You make yourself sick eating it. It has become poison. You have to slice it out.

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Someone in the Eclipse class alerted me to this fact, because she drew the Devil card as the matter most needing her attention. The Devil is 15 in the Major Arcana, which adds up to six and six is the Lovers card. Two sides, same nut. And 15 is the Eclipse degree.

THE ISSUES IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU ARE FACING THAT YOU ARE TORTURING YOURSELF OVER: there are two sides to them. Like the opposition aspect in astrology. And Full Moons are oppositions of Moon and Sun and this one is Aries-Libra which is the relationship axis. All roads lead back to RELATIONSHIPS this Eclipse no matter what else is going on for you in your natal chart or your transit chart and within that nut is the edible fruit which has somehow grown rotten from overuse or misuse or miscommunication or fantasy, and there are two sides: the Devil and the Lovers. Which do you prefer?

The six in the Tarot, the Lovers card in the Tarot, is about making a choice. You have a choice of what to release and let go. You have a choice in what to keep. Make this choice with integrity, with what feels right to you. Libra is an Air sign, objective. Aries is a Fire sign, impatient. Can you meet in the middle? Choose wisely and then go for it?

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When something grows old or stale or rotten in your refrigerator, do you inspect it? Oh my look at that blue fuzz! Isn’t that interesting! You probably don’t mourn the loss of your tofu. And yet a Full Moon Eclipse along the Aries/Libra axis, while Mercury is retrograde, requires we not just BOLT and toss it away, and yet…

I wrote on my Private Blog this morning:

I release…
I release…
I release…

Preparing myself for my Full Moon Eclipse ritual, preparing myself for Blood Moon Magic, preparing myself for making a choice based on deep thought and taking an accounting and deep feeling and taking the long way, no short cuts, as I prepare myself to enter into ritual time and space.

Do you do this? Do you do magic? Do you believe? Do you believe that your intentions can, like the Magician card in the Tarot, change your course?

This Full Moon is a perfect time to try, with or without candle, cards, and prayer, but I suggest you choose a way IN and you’ll find that the Moon’s wave and glow and clearness and wisdom and shifting tides and jewel box opens up to you, yes, like the fruit in the nut, no longer sick, but sweet sweet sweet.

Wishing you good cards xx

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Tarot For The Full Moon Eclipse In Aries (Part Two)

posted by Aliza Einhorn
"full moon eclipse in aries"

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Are you happy with your life?
What do you want to change?
Full Moons signal endings, revelations, BIG emotions, and letting go.
And a Full Moon Eclipse? Even more so. What do you want to release? It could be a person, place, thing, or idea :)

Try this short but sweet Tarot spread for deeper insight:

Card One: area of life most needing your attention
Card Two: what stays
Card Three: what goes

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So I shuffled my cards for a friend and WOW she got what I considered three good cards. It really made me think.

The area of her life most needing her attention: Six of Wands.

Wands are often career cards but what I felt for her was more around… self-esteem. Tooting her own horn. Acting AS IF. Having confidence. Believing in herself. Getting back on the horse KNOWING she will win. Back on track. Amassing followers. Support. Parade. Victory.

Six Wands made me think… six weeks, six months, and the sixth month (June). Six opportunities. Six positive paths to follow. Six inspirations. Six creative directions. Six people on your side. Six dreams made real. HAVE PRIDE in your accomplishments.

Believe in yourself, dear friend. Believe that good things do and will happen for you. Nobody left. Nobody left your side. It’s just that sometimes the clouds come and cover your eyes. No clouds in the Six of Wands, just a pure blue sky.

What stays? THE SUN. I call this a reinforcing card. In our September Tarot class we talked about reinforcing pairs and the Sun definitely echoes the joy of the Six of Wands here. AND there’s a horse. She is moving forward, in harmony with her passions and animal nature. Vibrant oranges and reds in these cards. Oranges and reds of pleasure, happiness.

I love these cards, dear friend. I predict good things for you. And this is what you need to focus on: the FEELINGS these cards evoke in you.

What goes? Judgement. I read this card quite literally. Stop judging others. Stop judging yourself. Can you? You know I usually like this card but in this context? What we see are, well, corpses, rising from the dead, to be judged, but, honey, YOU’RE NOT DEAD YET. And you don’t need Gabriel’s horn to bring you back to life. You’re right here on earth, striving, working, hoping, creating, loving, seeking love and life. Do not wait for an angel to lead you. Release all judgement. Release all resentment. Amen.

Wishing you good cards xx

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Tarot For The Full Moon Eclipse In Aries

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"full moon eclipse in aries" This Eclipse creates such dazzling fire.

This Total Lunar Eclipse is in Aries next week, October 8th.
It is part of a Grand Trine in Fire (Aries/Leo/Sagittarius), and it’s not that this cancels out the wrecking ball quality of a Total Lunar Eclipse, but instead makes it that much more bright with truth.
It burns up your tears.

Whatever has to end, shall end (within the year) and you shall send it off with horses and parade and fanfare because frankly you are DONE.

Caution: Lunar Eclipses are oppositions between Moon and Sun. Oppositions fight.  There will be TENSION. Don’t expect everyone, or anyone, to agree with your Pioneer attitude or you compulsion to go it alone at this time.
Sun in Libra fights for peace. Moon in impulsive Aries just LEAVES.

I’m doing an Eclipse class on-line for the first two weeks of October (Contact me for details if you want to join us.) This morning I told them this, among other things:

Full Moons bring you clearness, clarity. More than clarity. They bring REVELATION, the WHOA of revelation. By this point? You may be exhausted. The Eclipse revelation/news can feel like the sad trumpet. You just kinda… notice the bleat. Oh. That. Is. Ending. And yet I think there may be a bolder sound for many of us…

And yet I love this Eclipse. It’s RAW (hard to kill Pluto squares the Full Moon) and crazy inspired (hello Moon Uranus conjunction), and it doesn’t care if it wins the war. Because there really is no war. Not anymore. There is only a single flame. Yours. Aries. One. WANDS. Fire.

My card for you:

You’ve seen this card before. I know you’ve seen this card. Earlier this year, last year, I know you’ve seen it and you’re sick of seeing it. This is the LAST TIME you will pull this card in this context. I think this is your send-off. This is your last goodbye. This is reminding you that what you’ve been holding onto isn’t so savory. Not only is there nothing there for you, but it hurts.

This is a painful card under any circumstance – the Five of Pentacles — but the fact that I pulled it for the TOTAL Lunar Eclipse tells me, tells you, that this phase, this bonding to your suffering is ENDING. Hallelujah for that, my friends. Hallelujah.

Wishing you good cards xx

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On Seeing The Eight Of Swords

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"new moon in libra" I host two Internet chat rooms where we talk about astrology and tarot all things metaphysical and spiritual, and this morning one of our beloved members offered to pull New Moon in Libra tarot cards for the group.

He pulled the Eight of Swords for me. Are you familiar with this card?

In the Rider Waite we see a blindfolded woman. A white blindfold. White ropes (it looks like a sash) wrap around her arms and torso. Swords to her left, swords to her right, but not in front of her. Are there more swords not pictured? How many? We notice a castle in the distance. Which way was she going? How did she get here? It’s a dim looking day, no sun, but her orange vibrant dress matches the castle’s smattering of red as well as the mud, marsh, at her feet.

In the Connolly, one of my favorite decks, eight swords have been plunged into the snow. When did this happen and why? A pensive figure looks on, safe inside, but he’s as much a prisoner as the RW captive, albeit warmer. The swords do not touch either of them, and for the first time I notice the importance of the weather in this card.

If the Swords symbolize mind, logic, our thinking, what is this Eight telling us? Any Tarot adept knows the Swords suit is often painful, depicting conflict and icy deadlock. Our mind’s not right in this card.

We also know that the STRENGTH card in the Major Arcana (woman and her lion) corresponds to the number eight, and surely strength is needed when we see the Eight of Swords, right?

How trapped are you?
Is it time to set yourself free?
And how?
How will you do it?
And how will you know when it’s time?

Sometimes we have to stand still. Sometimes we have to rest in uncomfortable places. And sometimes we have to plunge a sword into the snow. Fence ourselves in. Because Swords.

"jupiter trine uranus" Think of this card as protection. We can see this easily in the Connolly version. We are kept from knowing, we are kept from knowing all, we are kept from choosing, we are kept from acting, we are kept from walking along the road, we are kept from leaving the house to pull out the swords, we are kept from opening, we are kept from opening up, we are kept.

And for these reasons that I am stating here, upon seeing the Eight of Swords, I no longer feel afraid — for the number eight is the number of regeneration. And from the eight we go nine and then ten and there is no eleven in the Minor Arcana except in our imaginations, where we, one by one, draw out each sword.

Wishing you good cards xx

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